Saturday, June 25, 2016

Modern Day Kitsch In Small Town America - Part 2

I reached the halfway point in my tour of the front lawn of Martin's Greenhouse in Winthrop, New York (see also Part 1, posted yesterday). I encountered this rearing horse, another swan and - - well, I wasn't sure what that circle with the golden horse head was. There were quite a number of American flags on display:

A small buck:

Another statue of the Virgin Mary, this one on the reverse side of a soldiers' monument:

A three story house for Purple Martins, though I saw no birds using it:

There were a number of these small shelters, ideal for people to rest and have lunch:

And another giant clock with an eagle, a stone monument, giant urns full of flowers and a Polar Bear, holding an American flag:

A giant, concrete Uncle Sam (who, by the way, was from Troy, NY):

The front side of the soldiers' memorial:

I noticed that the mystery disc I saw before (which had a gold horse head on it) was the back side of the big clock by the rearing horse:

Another saint and a message about making friends:

I ended my walking tour where I'd begun, by the elaborate barn with the stained glass barn windows and 200 year old clock:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Modern Day Kitsch In Small Town America - Part 1

Winthrop, New York is an upstate settlement on the St. Regis River, but neither a town nor a village. In 2010 it had a population of 510. But it does have a Post Office, a feed store, a furniture store, a funeral parlor, a convenience store and a dentist's office. It also has a greenhouse with an amazing front lawn display:

This, I am told, is the home of the owner of all you are about to see. The house itself is imposing and elaborate. The historical marker out front states that in 1816, this was the site of the oldest running tower clock in the state:

The 200 year old clock now graces the front of the owner's barn, the same barn with the canon and stained glass windows. If you'd like to know a bit more about the clock, click here:


I began walking across the lawn for a closer look at the large ornaments installed there. There was a giant planter:

A German Shepherd and a saint:

A swan with lots of Petunias:

And a giant stained glass window, held erect on a stone foundation. I was told that the owner was an antique dealer, so this window was probably salvaged from a defunct church. I think much (perhaps all) of what was displayed here had similar origins:

This, perhaps, was the Virgin Mary. Her umbrella/awning hung from a chain and swayed in the wind:

I'm not sure what this was, but it was big, impressive and gold colored:

Even bigger was this silvery globe:

Out behind this front lawn were the owner's greenhouses. I think he has a retail business although there is no sign out front to entice customers. But there was still much more to see, and I'll post Part 2 tomorrow:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Big Cows, Little Horses, Lots Of Buttercups

It was a quiet but lovely day with lots of breezes and clouds rushing across the sky. The cattle and horses were in the south field, grazing amidst the Buttercups and I sensed a photo opportunity. So out I walked with my camera:

The cows and Blue ignored me, but Remy came running. I had to push him away. He's been getting a little fresh lately and I'm hoping gelding will improve that:

Blue wasn't feeling very chummy but he sure was pretty, surrounded by all that green and yellow:

"Are you talkin' 'bout ME?"

Remy paused to nibble more grass:

And then came closer for a portrait shot while his mane blew in the wind:

Blue wouldn't even let me pet him. That's unusual, but I suppose we all have days when we just don't want to be bothered:

So I lingered, snapping pictures of the two little guys:

They are, after all, quite photogenic:

I walked over to the cows, who were mostly ignoring me as they filled their bellies with green grass:

It was a pretty sight, a bit of pastoral loveliness:

The little horses came over to join us, but I'd taken enough photos and began walking back to the house: